What we’re looking for…

People with a passion for working with children
Teaching and shaping the lives of young people is one of the most rewarding career choices a person can make. We need candidates who have the passion and drive to mould children into learners able to cope with an ever-changing world. You should demonstrate high levels of enthusiasm when working with children.

Highly motivated and committed learners
Teaching is a demanding career choice and we are looking for candidates who are fully committed and believe that learning is life-long. The training course is intense and a high level of motivation to learn is essential. You will be fully supported in your training but you need to be able to take responsibility for your continued professional development.

Creativity and additional interests or experiences
We are looking for enthusiastic and committed professionals who are able to inspire children to become better learners. We need candidates who we can develop into creative teachers for the 21st Century. Applicants should indicate any additional experiences, hobbies or interests appropriate to the role of the teacher.

Computing skills
Applicants must be competent in their use of Information and Communication Technology.

Entry Requirements

Minimum degree required: Upper Second

Degree
Applications are invited from graduates with a good honours degree (a minimum of 2:1 classification), or from students in the final year of their degree anticipating at least a 2.1 classification. However, we will consider applicants with a 2.2 classification on an individual profile basis, provided they can demonstrate excellent potential to become a successful teacher.
A Higher National Diploma (HND) or Higher National Certificate (HNC) are not acceptable as equivalent to a degree for the purpose of entry to this course.

GCSE
At the time of application, candidates should have GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in English Language, Mathematics and a Science (preferably Combined).
A range of other GCSE or equivalent qualifications to reflect the breadth of the curriculum is desirable.

Working with children – disclosure
Ignite Teaching School Alliance, in conjunction with The University of Chester, are required to ensure that students, who engage in Regulated Activity, are suitable for an Initial Teacher Education Programme through a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure. You will be required to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure of criminal records through the DBS.
Once you have been accepted onto a place at the University, we will write to you with further instructions on how to apply for a DBS Disclosure through the University as a DBS Registered Body and subscribe to the DBS Update Service.

School Experience
It is essential that applicants have suitable experience of working in a Primary School setting, either on a voluntary or salaried basis. It is desirable that such experience includes a range of year groups covering KS1 and KS2. The more experience an applicant can gain before applying for a place on the course, the greater the chance they will have of being successful.

If the number of applications far exceeds the number of places available on the course, applicants with little or no school experience will not be selected for interview.

Professional Skills Tests
All applicants to ITE are required to pass the skills tests before starting their course.